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Math 136: Differential Geometry Homework 3

Due Monday, September 28, 2015

(1) The M
obius strip (see figure 3.5 in K
uhnel) is parametrized by the map

u
u
u 
f (u, v) = sin(u) + v sin( ) sin(u), cos(u) + v sin( ) cos(u), v cos( )
2
2
2

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where (u, v) [0, 2] (1, 1).

(i) Show that f (0, v) = f (2, v). In particular, f (0, 0) = f (2, 0).
(ii) Show that there is no normal vector field of unit length on the Mobius strip
f
which satisfies (0, 0) = (2, 0). (Hint: Compute f
u v at the points (0, 0)
and (2, 0). Now argue by contradiction.)
(2) The catenoid is described parametrically by
f (x, y) = (cosh x cos y, cosh x sin y, x),

(x, y) (, ) [0, 2]

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(i) Draw a picture of a segment of the catenoid.

(ii) Find the metric on the catenoid.
(iii) Let t := (t, t) [0, 2]. Find the image of the Gauss map (t ), and describe
the set {p S 2 : t, p
/ (t )}.
(iv) Find the Weingarten map (or Shape Operator) of the catenoid.
(3) Prove the following statement. Let S be an oriented regular surface, and let : S R
be a smooth function with compact support. Then the integral
Z
dA
(3)
S

is independent of oriented parametrization.

(4) Show that the Gauss map is independent of the choice of oriented parametrization.